With every few years, astonishing developments are made in the field of weapons and warfare. Technology has become the cornerstone of warfare. Possessing sheer numbers isn’t adequate to win conflicts; advanced techonology is. India has made a leap forward in this aspect with the successful development of a unique weapon.

Our Defense scientists have successfully developed electromagnetic railguns (EMRG) that can fire projectiles at Mach 6 (six times the speed of sound) or 4,600 miles per hour. According to Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), a 12-mm square bore EMRG has been successfully tested and they are preparing for the 30 mm variety. The target is to accelerate a one kilogram projectile to a velocity of more than 2,000 m/s with a capacitor bank of 10 megajoules.

Until now, controlled explosives are used for firing missiles. But this will bring about a revolution in this field as such railguns use kinetic and laser energy for the purpose. Railguns are regarded as the future technologies of warfare.

“A simple, single pulse driven railgun launcher was developed with a minimum of metal components in proximity to the bore to maximize the inductance of the launcher and to improve the launch efficiency. The launcher has a 12 mm square bore cross-section. The launcher was fabricated with lengths ranging from 1 to 2 meter,” a defense scientist involved with the project said.

This should be a huge boost for India’s defence mechanism. Although, it’s still not clear how this weapon will be used and from when, but clearly it adds a new, very lethal dimension to India’s weapons arsenal.

In the last 3 years, the Indian government is not only filling up the shocking gaps in ammunition that were left by the Congress government, but is also actively working to upgrade the existing weapons and arms. Purchasing of necessary things such as fighter jets is being expedited while in other areas such as helicopters, submarines, etc., technology transfer is also being initiated and they have begun to be manufactured in India itself.

Source: https://www.defencenewsindia.com/indian-scientists-successfully-fire-electromagnetic-railgun-mach-6-test-shot/


Vinayak Jain

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